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Towards the goal with pace

FIFA, 08 Nov 2022

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The session begins with a game of 2v2 line football. Next, players find themselves in an exercise where a numerical advantage needs to be used to score. The last exercise of the session is a 4v3 game on three goals with no goalkeepers.

Warm-up: 2v2, "line football"

Organisation

  • Organise mini-matches of 2v2 on multiple pitches
  • Let the players pick their own partners or match them up by size and ability
  • Play short matches (2-3 minutes) and create a league ladder
  • Winners move up a pitch, losers move down
  • Points are scored by stopping the ball on the end line

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • The players can throw and catch the ball to begin with

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Make the pitch narrower

Great questions to ask the players

  • Can you try to dribble past your opponent(s)?
  • How can you help your partner when he/she has the ball?
  • What should you do when you lose the ball?

Safety tips

  • Create safe zones between pitches

Skill development: 3v2, 3 goals, no goalkeepers

Organisation

  • Organise a pitch for 3v2, with one central goal at one end and two smaller goals in wide positions at the other end
  • The team with three players attacks the central goal, while the team with two players starts off defending; if they win the ball, the defenders can counter-attack and try to score in one of the smaller goals
  • Rotate the teams on the pitch, and swap the roles regularly, so everyone gets to play as a three and as a two
  • Encourage the three attackers to make the pitch big and try to use the extra player they have in space
  • Encourage the two defenders to try to score quickly if they win the ball (e.g. within five seconds)

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • The players can throw and catch the ball to begin with

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Add a goalkeeper to the central goal
  • Limit the number of touches for the attacking team
  • Require all three attacking players to touch the ball before their team can score

Great questions to ask the players

  • Can you try to pass to the player who is unmarked?
  • If the defenders win the ball, can you break and try to score quickly?
  • If you lose the ball as a three, can you quickly recover and take up defensive positions?

Safety tips

  • Create a safe space to play and rotate players to give them a rest

Game application: 4v3, 3 goals, no goalkeepers

Organisation

  • Organise a pitch for 4v3, with one central goal at one end and two smaller goals in wide positions at the other end
  • The team with four players attacks the central goal, while the team with three players starts off defending; if they win the ball, the defenders can counter-attack and try to score in one of the smaller goals
  • Rotate the teams on the pitch, and swap the roles regularly, so everyone gets to play as a four and as a three
  • Encourage the four attackers to make the pitch big and try to use the extra player they have in space
  • Encourage the three defenders to try to score quickly if they win the ball (e.g. within five seconds)

Ways to make the exercise easier

  • The players can throw and catch the ball to begin with

Ways to make the exercise harder

  • Add a goalkeeper to the central goal
  • Limit the number of touches for the attacking team
  • Require all four attacking players to touch the ball before their team can score

Great questions to ask the players

  • Can you try to pass to the player who is unmarked? 
  • If the defenders win the ball, can you break and try to score quickly? 
  • If you lose the ball as a four, can you quickly recover and take up defensive positions? 
  • How is the value of perseverance demonstrated in this game?

Safety tips

  • Create a safe space to play and rotate players to give them a rest

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